FSSC 22000 – Food Safety


It is a legislative requirement for the food industry in many countries.

FSSC 22000 is a legislative requirement for the food industry in many countries. As a result, FSSC 22000 became the sixth standard to join the stable of GFSI recognized schemes.

FSSC 22000

This move helps drive cost efficiency and consistency in supply chains worldwide when sourcing food and delivers greater confidence to the end-users of third-party certification while providing flexibility and choice. The result is an international, audit-able standard that specifies the food safety management systems requirements by incorporating all Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) elements.

What is Meant by FSSC 22000?

FSSC 22000 is a company-level certification based on a scheme developed by the for food safety Certification. The standard helps organizations ensure the supply of safe food and beverages. In addition to the requirements outlined in this certification, FSSC 22000 fully incorporates ISO 22000 and pre-requisite programs.

  • In December 2016, FSSC 22000 has launched version 4 of its international food safety and quality management system.
  • FSSC 22000 Version 5 is the latest newly developed Certification Scheme.

FSSC 22000 gives organizations a way to demonstrate that they have a comprehensive management system that meets the food safety requirements of both customers and regulatory agencies in an internationally understood format. It has been designed to cover all the processes along the food chain that deal directly or indirectly with the end product being consumed.

It brings everybody along the food chain under a single food safety management umbrella, making it easier to train, implement, and audit food safety management at every food chain level. In addition, TUV Austria Bureau of Inspection & Certification is one of a few certification bodies accredited by ESYD to provide FSSC 22000 and HACCP certification.

TUV’s professional auditors work with clients to ensure the Hazards and Critical Control Points are efficiently identified, monitored, and continuously improved to meet the requirements of FSSC 22000 Compliance.

What are the Benefits of a Food Safety Management System?

  • Offers a Preventative Approach to food safety.
  • Enhances customer satisfaction / reduces dissatisfaction.
  • Conformance to legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Increase Organizational Credibility and reputation.
  • Hazard Analysis to evaluate threats to food safety.
  • Helps to identify process improvements and reduced customer complaints.
  • Reduces the need for and the cist end-product testing.
  • Improves internal and external communications.
  • Increases profitability of the company.

Who can Benefit from FSSC 22000 V5?

Primary Producers and Packers

Raising of animals used for meat, eggs, milk or honey production, etc. Growing or Harvesting of plants, horticultural products, fruits, vegetables, spices, mushrooms, etc.

Food Manufacturers and Processors

Production and Processing of ambient or perishable food products

Food Packaging Manufactures

Production of direct food contact or indirect packaging material.

Chemical and Additive Manufactures

Production of food and feed additives vitamins, minerals, bio-cultures, flavorings, enzymes and processing aids, pesticides, drugs, fertilizers, cleaning agents.

Storage and Logistic Suppliers

The provision of storage and transport for ambient food, perishable food, feed, and or associated packaging.

Caterers and Retailers

Preparation storage and, delivery of food for consumption at the place of preparation or at a satellite unit.

Applicable sectors are:

Perishable Animal Products:

Meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, and fish products

Perishable Vegetal Products:

Packed fresh fruits and fresh juices, preserved fruits, packaged fresh vegetables, preserved vegetables

Products with a long shelf life at average temperature:

Canned products, biscuits, snacks, oil, drinking water, beverages, pasta, flour, sugar, salt, etc.

Requirements for the upgrade process from FSSC 22000 V4.1 to FSSC 22000 V5

the main reasons for changes in the new version of FSSC 22000 V5 are

  • Publication of the new ISO 22000:2018 standard
  • Inclusion of the Board of Stakeholders List of decisions
  • Compliance with GFSI requirements
  • Continual Improvement Process.

What are the FSSC 22000 (Version 5) Documentation Requirements?

To transform from a current system or establish a good food safety management system and achieve a quick FSSC 22000 Version 5 Certification, an appropriate FSSC 22000 version 5 Documentation is primarily require. Such primary FSSC 22000 (V-5) documents are listed below

  • FSSC 22000 Manual
  • FSSC Procedures
  • FSSC Exhibits
  • Process Approach
  • Blank Forms and Templates
  • HACCP Documents
  • FSSC 22000 Audit Checklist.

FSSC 22000 Manual

FSSC 22000 Manual provides clause-wise details of how the FSSC 22000 (Version-5) system is implemented. It covers the food safety management system, sample food safety policy, objectives, scope, organization structure, and how each requirement from clause no 4 to 10 of FSSC 22000 (Version-5) is implemented at the macro level in the organization.

FSSC 22000manual should normally contain or refer to

  • Context of the Organization
  • Leadership
  • Planning
  • Support
  • Operation
  • Performance Evaluation
  • Improvement

FSSC Procedures

FSSC Procedures are also called Operational Procedures. FSSC Procedures cover all the details like purpose, scope, responsibility, the procedure followed, and the list of exhibits, reference documents, and formats.

The list of sample procedures provided in the kit is as below,

  • Preliminary analysis of production process
  • Pre-Requisite Program
  • Hazard Identification
  • HACCP Plan
  • Emergency Preparedness and response
  • Product withdrawal and recall.

FSSC Exhibits

The templates are given under this directory cover guidelines for process flow charts and models useful for process mapping. It covers activities of all the main and critical processes listed below with an input-output matrix for the organization. Thus, the process templates help any organization in process mapping as well as preparing process documents.

Following are a list of process Flow Chart,

  • Customer Service
  • Dispatch
  • Engineering
  • Marketing
  • Production
  • Purchase
  • Quality Control

Blank Forms and Templates

Blank Sample Forms, records, etc., are supporting documents used by the company to record information for different procedures followed. The organization is free to change the same to suit its requirements. It covers sample copies of blank forms that are required to maintain records and establish control and create a system in the organization.

HACCP Documents

HACCP documents cover blank and filled HACCP documents on Product Description, Process flow chart, Hazard Analysis Report, HACCP Plan, Corrective Action Plan, Environment Monitoring Plan, Operation Pre-Requisite Programs, etc.

FSSC 22000 Audit Checklist

FSSC 22000 (Version-5) Audit Checklists will be a good tool for the auditors to make audit questionnaires for auditing. Therefore, it will bring effectiveness in auditing.

FSSC 22000 Version 5 Audit checklists also comprising FSSC 22000 Version 5 Requirements-wise and department-wise audit questions and self-audit questions are provided. Therefore, it can be logically used for auditing during an internal audit for FSSC 22000 Version 5 to establish a proper audit trail.

FSSC 22000 Version-5 Documentation Kit

TUV Austria Bureau of Inspection & Certification Provides FSSC 22000 Documentation Kit with a ready-to-use document Kit. Food safety system certification covers FSSC 22000 Manual, food safety and HACCP Procedures, SOPs, Formats, and FSSC audit checklists, etc., prepared as per Latest version 5.

The ready-to-use FSSC 22000 Version-5 documents ensure all clauses are defined in the FSSC 22000 Version 5 Certification standard. In addition, it satisfies governing general requirements to create own documents for their company in a 

Why FSSC Version-5 Documentation Kit is Useful

  • Users can modify the readymade FSSC 22000 templates as per their products and create their own food safety system documents for their organization based on the food safety system.
  • HACCP Procedures provided in FSSC 220000 Version-5 documentation KIT can help in fine-tuning the processes and establish better control over the management system.
  • Saves time and cost in the documentation process.
  • FSSC 22000 Audit Checklist Provided in the KIT helps auditors to make audit questionnaires for auditing.

Why Choose TUV Austria Bureau of Inspection & Certification For Implementing FSSC 22000 Requirements

Some of the leading international accreditation bodies have awarded TUV Austria Bureau of Inspection & Certification with the accreditation to offer certification to a vast range of industry sectors. For certification services, TUV Austria BIC. is the preferred brand across multiple industry sectors.

Local Regulatory authorities like The Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC) and The Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) also recognize TUV Austria Bureau of Inspection & Certification as a leading certification and inspection body in Pakistan. TUV Austria BIC. has earned global respect instead of its approach and service quality through its highly trained and experienced Consultants. Our professional auditors work with clients to ensure that the requirements are maintained and continuously improved to be up to customers’ expectations and the law.

In Addition, to FSSC 22000 Audits we also offer a range of complimentary services:


What is FSSC 22000 Certification?

FSSC Stands for Food Safety System Certification, and it is a Food Safety Management System. FSSC 22000 Certification Scheme was developed in 2009 to meet the need for a global and independent ISO-based food safety certification scheme for food manufacturing.

What are the Additional Requirements of FSSC 22000?

  • Management of Services and Purchased Materials
  • Product Labeling
  • Food Defense
  • Food Fraud
  • Logo Use
  • Management of Allergens
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Formulation of Products
  • Transport & Delivery
  • Storage & Warehousing
  • Hazard Control and Measures for Prevention of Cross-Contamination
  • PRP Verification
  • Product Development
  • Health Status

What are the Common Documents used for FSSC 22000?

  • Food Safety Policy
  • Prerequisite Program Policy
  • Quality Policy
  • Hygiene Policy
  • HACCP Policy
  • Senior Management Commitment
  • Traceability Procedure & Internal Audit Program
  • Corrective & Preventive Action
  • Management of Suppliers and Purchased Material
  • Process Control
  • Food Defense and Product Authenticity
  • Product Control
  • Personnel Hygiene and Health

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